US to start in-person tourist visa appointments from September, Malaysia to offer Visa on Arrival (VOA) to Indians from June 1 and more in top stories of the day.
US to start in-person tourist visa appointments from September
The US Embassy in India has tweeted on the same and stated that the US mission to India is pleased to announce that they will start routine in-person tourist visa appointments in September 2022. Those previously scheduled placeholders have now been cancelled. The Embassy stated that those placeholder appointments that were cancelled may now re-enter the scheduling system to book regular appointments. Appointments have been opened through 2023. It advised applicants to check the website for availability.
If reports are to go by, India had emerged as the fifth largest source country for international visitors to the US in 2021, which has been up five places from pre-pandemic 2019, despite the Delta wave that witnessed many countries imposing restrictions on outbound travel from here for several months.
Malaysia to offer Visa on Arrival (VOA) to Indians from June 1
Malaysia has announced Visa on Arrival (VOA) for Indian travellers arriving in the country through selected entry points, Thailand, Singapore, Indonesia, or Brunei, with a valid visa from either country. This updated rule will be put into effect from June 1, 2022 .
Elaborating more on this, the Immigration Department of Malaysia (Mumbai Attaché), the VOA fee will be MYR 200 (USD 46), and travellers will be required to show proof that they have at least USD 500 cash/debit card/credit card/traveller’s cheque or any electronic money, which is certified by the Central Bank of Malaysia (Bank Negara Malaysia). Travellers will be able to stay up to 15 days with a confirmed return air ticket.
Ladakh to give Nubra Valley an upgrade and develop Sumoor desert
Visitors to Ladakh will very soon get to see Nubra Valley in a new refurbished look and will be able to experience the valley as a multi-destination.
Major focus will be on having improved facilities in the area to ensure that the tourists have a good and meaningful visit. One of the many developments will be to put fences around Hunder sand dunes to ensure the safety and welfare of the double humped Bactrian camels. These camels are a big part of the tourism in the area. These Bactrian camels are used in desert safari.
Nubra, to be a multi-destination, will be developed in such a planned way that there can be Silk Route heritage walks and nature walks in and around the area. Astro tourism is also included in the development plans.
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